Data visualisation is the next frontier in design; fuelled by the overwhelming volume of information we are all inundated with daily, and the need for timely clarity and insights.
Ergo: A new breed of experts is needed. The T-shaped expert with huge amounts of communications and soft skills (empathy, listening skills etc) - who can provide just the right amount of deep expertise, surrounded by appropriate levels of complementary and contextual knowledge, at just the right time.
The new experts are the ones who can deliver on-demand, just-deep-enough, and highly contextual expertise.
Thanks to Bob Jacobson for the link which sparked this thought.